Growing concerns in Albany about migrant crisis
ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--The Governor's budget plan proposes $2.4 billion to address the migrant crisis.
In a budget hearing Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams called on the state asking lawmakers to take up half of the migrant costs in the city.
“They know how serious this crisis is, and our concern is that the federal government is not doing its job,” he said.
Some Democratic lawmakers said THEY ARE AND CONTINUE TO BE SUPPORTIVE PARTNERS OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MIGRANT CRISIS IN NEW YORK CITY BUT THEY also said they NEED HELP FROM LEADERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
“I believe as a state we are trying to be responsive, and we will continue to have the conversation about how responsive we can be but again, we do need federal partners,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35th Senate District).
SOME REPUBLICAN lawmakers CONCERNED ABOUT SPENDING ON THE MIGRANT CRISIS SAid THERE NEEDS TO BE A LONGER-TERM SOLUTION—EMPHASIZING SECURING THE BOARDER.
THE GOVERNOR HAS CONTINUALLY SAID A LONGER-TERM SOLUTION SHOULD COME FROM LEADERS IN D.C. SHE ALSO CALls ON REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS IN ALBANY TO ENCOURAGE THEIR colleagues IN D.C. TO HELP FACILITATE IMMIGRATION REFORM.
“If she really wanted to do something, she would stop playing political games, she would ask the leader of her party the president of the Unite States to enforce the law already on the books. Making the illegal crossings legal with a bill in Congress is not solving the problem,” said Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-24th Senate District).
Budget talks on this issue are ongoing in Albany.